Italian restaurant chain Wildwood submits plans to open venue in Oakham

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An Italian restaurant chain has applied for planning permission to open a branch in Oakham, saying it’s a “lovely little town”.

Wildwood wants to open in the former Furleys furniture store in High Street, a move which would create about 35 jobs, most of which would be full time.

A planning application has been submitted to Rutland County Council.

Samuel Kaye, joint chief executive officer of Tasty, the parent company of Wildwood, said: “We’ve had a look at the site and it seems like a lovely little town.

“The site is beautiful and we just fell in love with the town when we visited. It has real character.

“We hope we’re given permission because it’s a lovely building.

“If approved, we’ll be offering both lunch and dinner in a family-friendly environment.”

The restaurant would seat up to 100 customers over two floors. There would a be a garden at the back of the venue.

The firm has 20 venues in the UK, with the nearest being in Market Harborough.

It opened its first restaurant in Gerrards Cross in 2008.

Mr Kaye added: “The restaurant in Market Harborough has been well received so we’re hoping it will be the same in Oakham.”

Pub chain giant JD Wetherspoon also wants to move to the town.

The firm has submitted a planning application to open a £1.8m pub nearby in the former Royal British Legion building in High Street.

The pub would create about 35 part time and 15 full time jobs.

The firm is awaiting the council’s decision.

On Tuesday, the company was given the go-ahead to open a pub at the Mercury offices in Sheep Market, Stamford.

To see Wildwood’s plans in full, visit Rutland County Council’s website at www.rutland.gov.uk

For more information about Wildwood restaurants, visit www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk